Tips for Employers

What You Can Do To Support Religious Diversity in Your Workplace

With an estimated 4,200 different religions in the world, it can be challenging for an organization to accommodate religious observances. Most religions can be categorized into several main faiths, such as Christianity, Catholicism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism.

According to the “Civil Rights Act” businesses are required to accommodate their workers’ religious needs, as long as doing so won’t impose more than a minimal cost to their business. Yet many businesses are failing their obligation under US law to provide time off for employees with religious needs.

In fact, according to the Office of Research, Information and Planning, there has been approximately a 33 percent increase in the number of charges filed under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 alleging religious-based discrimination in the last decade. Click here to read more.

How to Make Racial Diversity Happen in the Workplace

“I might think it is a good idea to spend a day at the beach,” Marshall Cannon explains in a poignant  Huffington Post article, “but unless I make a plan and find a way to get there, I’ll never magically appear at the beach just because I thought about it.” Mr. Cannon was alluding to the impossibility of creating racial diversity in the workplace without ever planning a way to make it happen.

“You watch teams draft players to create player diversity for their particular sport’s positions, but that philosophy is somehow missing in the workplace,” he adds. Click here to read more.

6 Essential Tips to Improve Your Job Networking Skills

If you’re in the market for a new job, finding the right fit can be a bit of a challenge. If you’re a go-getter, you’ve probably got your ear to the ground and fresh copies of your resume ready to go. However, as you increase your visibility, your prospects rise as well, and that means heading to some networking events too. Not a natural when it comes to networking? That’s ok. Use these tips to get started.

1. Learn Which Companies Will Be Represented at Events

Talent acquisition teams from numerous companies will likely be at the event. Click here to read more.

Generation Gaps in the Workplace: How & Why to Create Diversity

Each generation is shaped by unique events and therefore carries somewhat differing values. Because of this, gaps in behavior and expectations emerge and can cause friction in the workplace. However, these differences also add value. They help organizations innovate, as well as reach larger audiences. Glossing over the differences or pretending they don’t exist can lead to decreased morale and additional struggles between the groups, so it’s better to celebrate the benefits different generations bring as part of cultivating a positive workplace culture.

Characterizing the Generations

Baby Boomers (Born 1943-1965)

Boomers were raised by the disciplined traditional generation. Click here to read more.

Gender Diversity 101: 4 Strategies You Need to Implement Today

As HR professionals, we talk about diversity in the workplace a lot. However, most discussions surround race and religion. Seldom do we discuss gender diversity anymore. After all, most of us operate on fairly progressive firms and women have been integrated for decades, right? Not so fast. The latest “Women in the Workplace” study by McKinsey indicates that for every 100 women who are promoted into management positions, 130 men rise in the ranks. Additionally, women hold just 20% of the positions in line for CEO, counting SVP roles and above. Click here to read more.

What Does Your Compensation Philosophy Say About Your Company?

Whether you realize it or not, your compensation philosophy speaks volumes about your company. It can predict turnover, demonstrate how much you value your employees, and express what your overall corporate philosophy is as well.

What is a Compensation Philosophy?

Your company’s compensation philosophy is a broad term that encompasses all aspects of rewarding employees for their work. It should cover how compensation works, as well as why it works that way.

What Does a Compensation Philosophy Mean to Employees?

Most employees won’t be familiar with the term, but they will certainly know how it relates to them. Click here to read more.

Doing Diversity In Uncertain Economic Times: 5 Ways to Keep Your Diversity Initiative Alive

By William (Bill) Shackelford

The U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research says the last big U.S. recession began in December 2007 and ended 18 months later. The economic downturn that accompanied the recession impacted every sector of the U.S. economy (both public and private). During those tough economic times, organizations were forced to focus on their “core business”. Projects (like diversity) that resided in their support area were delayed or cut – often with trepidation about the potential impact that decision would have on efforts to build an inclusive culture.

The plans of the new U.S. Click here to read more.

4 Essential Elements Every Salary Structure Plan Needs

Having an established salary structure not only makes HR’s job much easier, but can provide employees with the transparency they need to feel confident, and help save a company money. However, designing a comprehensive salary structure is a complex process that can feel overwhelming to those who have not done it before. If you’re preparing to get a plan down on paper, be sure to keep these four components in mind.

Element #1: Pay Philosophy

Companies that are not organized well often set wages based on feelings or what they perceive to be fair on a case-by-case basis, but what this really does is set the organization up for pay inequality issues and can be an expensive mistake to make in the long run. Click here to read more.

Compensation Communication: What You Need to Know About Informing Employees

On average, only one-in-three employees fully understands their company’s compensation plan. This is a huge issue, considering that wages are often a company’s largest expense, a great amount of time is devoted to establishing compensation strategies, and these plans can be a major motivating factor for employees. Whether you’re in the process of rolling out a new employee compensation plan or have an established one, educating employees about it is paramount.

Three Tips for Setting the Tone

  1. Be Compassionate: Anything concerning wages can be highly emotional for employees, especially if it impacts them negatively.
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Beginners Guide to the Fundamentals of Compensation

Modern-day human resources departments are responsible for more than ever before. One of the most important, and also most challenging, is working out an ideal compensation program for employees.

The Effects of a Compensation Plan are Wide-Reaching

  • Attracting Talent: How you choose to structure your company’s compensation is a major determining factor in the types of employees you attract. Undeniably, the most skilled individuals are being offered lucrative packages, and your recruiting efforts will be impacted by the competitiveness of your compensation strategy.
  • Retaining Talent: Keeping top-performing employees is important, as it impacts the output of the company, morale, and saves money.
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